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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We absolutely are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Inconvenience No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to cite the complete lack of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...